Originally Posted by Joe45
I want to install a passenger seat, but it has to be safe. Has anyone done this? How do you make sure the seat is properly anchored to the bus?
I was sailing down the same current, but decided mid-stream to relocate my loveseat, and use the old entrance area as a generator cabinet above my battery storage.
I can't weld worth a crap, so I bolted mine in. For the battery shelf, cut-down angle iron bolted to stepwell sides, then bolted through the tube stock and flat plate.
For the 'new' floor to mount the seat pedestal upon, same angle iron front and back of stepwell (1" below the rim), then 2 pcs of 1" tube stock bolted in running front-to-back, then an oversized flat plate (2" overhang all around) bolted thru the tube stock AND the old floor on three sides. Then the new seat pedestal would have bolted thru the plate and the tube stock underneath.
My uncle went in a week later and welded the bar stock across the opening, as well as tacking the flat plates to the bar stock to prevent rattling. That was more for my peace of mind than any concern that it wasn't as strong as the original floor.
And one additional note....the bus body is designed to slide along or detach from the frame rails in case of impact, so don't bolt the seat to the frame.